May 17, 2018

Literacy programme helps schoolchildren turn new page

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- Compensation rate for railway-affected property approved
Authorities in charge have approved the amount of compensation to be paid to people who have lost land or other property due to the construction of the Laos-China railway.
Governor of Luang Prabang province, Mr Khamkhan Chanthavisouk, recently issued a decision detailing the compensation rate and how it was calculated...... More >>>

- Laos, Cambodia vow to jointly resolve border dispute
Laos and Cambodia have agreed to work together to resolve the issue of their disputed border area as the two countries’ foreign ministers met for talks in Vientiane yesterday.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Cambodia, Prak Sokhonn, was in Laos on a working visit, the Lao Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press release..... More >>>

-Tour companies tout Laos as adventure lovers’ paradise
Local tour companies are continuing efforts to promote Laos as an adventure tourism destination with a recent exhibition held at the Vientiane Center shopping mall.
The event to raise awareness of the country’s adventure activities is part of the ongoing Visit Laos 2018 campaign under the slogan “Laos, Simply Beautiful”.... More >>>

- New facilities at Mittaphab Hospital a shot in the arm for healthcare
Health officials plan to make the best use of an extension to Mittaphab Hospital in their efforts to raise the country’s health services to international standards.
Vientiane Mayor Dr Sinlavong Khoutphaythoune made the comment when visiting the hospital last Friday. He was accompanied by the Minister of Health, Associate Prof. Dr Bounkong Syhavong.
The new facility is expected to open in July to meet growing public demand for more health services.
The construction cost is about 112 million euros (more than 800 billion kip) and has been financed by a loan from the Austrian government.....More >>>

- Korea upgrading IT skills at Lao Youth Union
Young people are receiving training in Apple-based iOS application development as part of IT capacity building at the Lao Youth Union (LYU) supported by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).
The iOS Application training course is part of the ‘Project for Capacity Building of the LYU IT Centre’ and is taking place in Vientiane for three weeks this month. KOICA has brought a professor from the Republic of Korea to deliver lessons to local students.  ....More >>>

- Reality on Unsettled Border Areas between Laos and Cambodia
Vientiane Times is publishing the contents of a book about the Laos-Cambodia borderline situation. The book is being published section by section in issues running from April 10 to April 13...More >>>

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- Local science, research set to benefit from regional fund
Lao science and technology projects are set to benefit from the Amity Science, Technology and Innovation Foundation (ASTIF) following substantial funding support.
The support was confirmed last week at the 74th Conference of the Asean Committee on Science and Technology (Asean COST-74) in Thailand with around US$500,000 from the fund allocated to regional research and innovation.
The primary objective of the Foundation is to promote research and innovation in all Amity Institutions, particularly in the cutting edge of frontiers, science and technology, and domains of national importance. ...More >>>

- Literacy programme helps schoolchildren turn new page
More than 100,000 students have benefited from the literacy and girls’ education programmes under the “Enhancing Education for Lao Children Project” supported by Room to Read.
This was outlined at a meeting to review the programmes carried out in Saravan and Savannakhet provinces. The meeting was recently organised by authorities from the provinces’ education and sports sectors.....More >>>

- Northern provinces fighting locust invasion
Authorities and local people in five northern provinces are waging war on a locust invasion by searching for their eggs and spraying them with chemicals.
Yellow-spined bamboo locusts or their eggs have been found among more than 5,000 hectares of crops in the provinces of Luang Prabang, Huaphan, Phongsaly, Xieng Khuang and Oudomxay... More >>>

- Student entries invited for Honda’s engineering contest
The Honda Young Engineer and Scientist's Award (YES Award) 2018 is now open for students of the National University of Laos to submit their applications from May 15 to June 13. This is the 11th Y-E-S Award programme to take place in Laos. ..More >>>


Breastfeeding benefits both mothers and babies
Sitting on a bamboo bed underneath her house, Ms Hom Sivilay, 26, happily explains the benefits of breastfeeding and how it has helped her two children grow up to be strong and healthy.    . .. More >>>


Forest provides village girls with second home and jobs
Girls who live in rural or remote areas commonly drop out of school because their parents believe it’s better that they stay at home to help with the housework and take care of their children after they get married. .. More >>>


Korean scholarship awardee shares her path to success
Things don’t happen by chance or luck. Success is achieved through diligence and constant effort. Ms Metkham Akhalath, 24, is an example of how success can be achieved through diligence. She won a master’s degree scholarship in Political Science and Diplomacy in South Korea from 2016-2019... .. . . . . More >>>


Singer Phetdavone’s star shines bright in Laos
After winning a recent television singing contest in Thailand, Ms Phetdavone Khammanivong has changed dramatically and has received many offers in Laos to showcase her skills and talents... More >>>


Thirteen elephants knocking on heaven’s door
Thirteen elephants handed over to Elephant Conservation Centre by Lao government.

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Wall exhibit breaks down barriers to Vientiane’s past
While Laos’ convoluted history is often just studied in textbooks, today’s generation can now sample a part of it from the 16th century for themselves – the Vientiane city wall.


Pioneer breaks the mould of football managers
How many women would dare to manage a men’s football team and have the strength, tenacity and determination to turn around a struggling squad?. . More >>>


Thousands enjoy Xayaboury’s rocket festival and Visit Laos Year celebrations
Thousands of people, including tourists, had a wonderful time at the annual rocket festival held recently in Thongmixay district in Xayaboury province in northwestern Laos. . ... .
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Xayaboury capital’s intriguing cultural icons await visitors
A visit to Xayaboury mightn’t immediately be on everyone’s list of Lao highlights but there are many interesting historical and cultural sites well worth exploring in the provincial capital.... More >>>


Higher fuel price driving inflation in Laos
The rising price of fuel has become the new driving force behind inflation, sending a signal that the government must address this economic risk.... More >>>


Lao model Noy Suntisouk takes up boxing 
A model from the First Modelinglao Agency, Noy Suntisouk, has taken up boxing as part of efforts to adopt a healthy lifestyle and to encourage his fans to develop an interest in the sport. ...More >>>


Eat fish, sweat less, and reduce body odour
Many people find that eating fish rather than meat when it’s extremely hot makes them feel more comfortable and allows them to sleep better at night, because it is lighter and lower in fat...More >>>

World news

Malaysia’s reformist icon Anwar freed, given royal pardon
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Reformist icon Anwar Ibrahim celebrated a “new dawn” for Malaysia after he was given a royal pardon and freed from custody Wednesday, ..More >>>


Laos-Vietnam special solidarity becomes priceless legacy
Laos-Vietnams relations have been marked by an unalloyed solidarity that is rare around the globe. The rare relationship has become a priceless legacy of the two nations.
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What are the benefits of studying engineering?
While Laos’ economy is growing rapidly with huge infrastructure projects underway many young people are somewhat hesitant about pursuing a career in engineering. Vientiane Times went to the Faculty of Engineering, National University of Laos, to learn more about students’ thoughts on their studies and future career prospects...More >>>


National, Asian Paralympic bodies target disabled athletes’ development
The National Paralympic Committee (NPC) of Laos and the Asian Paralympic Committee (APC) met in Vientiane on Wednesday to discuss further cooperation in the development of disabled athletes in Laos. ... More >>>

Dining Out

Cooking sticky rice to perfection
Sticky rice is a very simple name for the staple grain of Laos and the nation’s most popular food item. It has been an essential part of Lao life from generation to generation and no meal is eaten without it.. . . More >>>


Upcoming e-Library expected to provide faster, more accessible information
A quick glance into the library and one might not see many people there. But nowadays that’s not such a strange sight because fewer people enjoy reading books at the library. ... .
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